02-05-15 News

Newton Upper Falls news, activities and events
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The Upper Falls News is an email newsletter about what's going on in our village.  The Upper Falls News is brought to you by the Upper Falls Area Council but it's intended to cover any and all news in the village. 

Where's my Upper Falls News? - We've had many inquiries recently about why people stopped receiving their Upper Falls News.  No, you haven't been blacklisted for some neighborhood offense.  No, Your email address didn't fall out the back of our database and isn't lying underneath our mail server', lying in all that accumulated dust.  No, the answer's much simpler - we've been lazy and haven't been publishing them very often lately.  Hopefully, we'll get back on a more regular schedule soon if we can manage it.

Upper Falls' Theater is Back - Our Newton Nomadic Theater is getting ready to launch our second theatrical production starting next week.  "The Turn of the Screw", an eerie ghost story will open on Friday the 13th at Gregorian Rugs in Lower Falls and run for five week at seven different venues.   We need all the help we can get to fill the houses for those two opening weekend performances.   Once again, we'll bring it back home to the 'Falls for the closing night's performance at Dunn Gaherins on March 15.  I just saw a rehearsal last night ... its going to be fabulous!  For more info and tickets go to http://NewtonNomadicTheater.org

Is That a Cat In That Hat? - If you can''t wait till next week for your theater fix, don't worry.  Many of our up and coming young Upper Falls actors will be making their debut this weekend at Countryside's production of "Seussical".  Shows on Sat Feb 7, 4PM and Sunday Feb 8 at 2PM.  Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children and will be available at the door.

Upper Falls Dogs Take The Plunge - Twice in the past month dogs have been rescued from the frigid winter waters of the Charles River.  One evening a month ago, two folks went in and rescued a dog in the waters of Hemlock Gorge, by the time they got out EMT's were there to treat them and apparently everyone was fine.  About a week later, another dog was rescued at the end of Williams St.  So if you're walking your dog down near the river you might want to keep them on a leash ... or wear a wetsuit.

Hey, I Know that Guy - Al Lewis is like our Upper Falls media prairie dog.  He keeps popping up his head in different media outlets - everything from NPR's "All Things Considered" to the Wall Street Journal to the Huffington Post.  Al's both a go-to expert on measuring health outcomes and a fly-in-the-ointment of the "wellness industry".

A Remembrance - Reader Sue Skoler sent along this memory when she heard that John Virgilio, founder of the Echo Bridge, recently passed away.

Some 56 years ago, I came from New Orleans as a freshman in college to the
town of Wellesley, which was completely "dry" in those days. This was a
shocker to a young person from New Orleans, where you could drink in those
days as soon as you were old enough to put your money on the bar. I ended
up dating a few men from Babson College, and the Echo Bridge Cafe was the
closest place to get a beer or other alcoholic beverages. We often went

I later married one of those Babson men, and we moved to Newton (Oak Hill)
in 1965 where I lived for 26 years. I later moved to Cambridge, then came
back to Newton about 5 years ago, and I now live in Upper Falls.

Every time I have passed The Echo Bridge Cafe, I have been reminded of some
of those fun college times. I never dreamed then that I would end up
living in MA and around the corner from the Echo Bridge Cafe. I have no
idea if John Virgilio has remained the owner, or if he retired or sold the
business years ago, but when I saw that he had passed away, I felt
compelled to just try to pass along my memories of him and his business to
his family.

If you are in touch with them, please give this to them.

The Future of Needham St - The new retail block that replaced Skipjack's restaurant on Needham St. looks like it''s nearly complete.  There a sign up announcing the imminent arrival of b.good (real.food.fast).  The rest of the block is empty at the moment, as they finish construction.  Meanwhile, the state Dept of Transportation held a public meeting last month and presented the details for the Needham St. reconstruction project that's on the way.  Here's the video of that meeting.

Did You Know ... When Fibonacci first created his famous number sequence he didn't initially know it covered all sorts of aspects of nature..  Did You know ..." features an interesting and random fact every issue, collected by 7th grade Upper Falls resident Ian Wittler.
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